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How solar grows from communities up away from Indonesia's metropolis

Rio Pramudita contributed this photo of an off-grid installation in Berau on Kalimantan. 

Corporate Captains, Venture Voices Try to Harmonize Across Indonesia

To nearly triple renewables' role in Indonesia's economy, the state-owned utility needs to either step back or invite in more collaborators and competitors. It shows no sign of stepping back. Alternatively, venture-like investors and corporate decisionmakers are finding means of working around and with the utility to increase solar for...
A minigrid using solar shines via Nigeria's initiative

We showcased this Nigerian minigrid last summer. We're now sharing a warning that ambitions from multinational investors had better grow more maximalist. 

Building the World's Clean Infrastructure Takes a 7X Investment Increase. Who's Up?

The sweep of nations from Central America across to Asia contains billions of people and untold potential for climate-smart infrastructure. The sweep of capital across those nations, we learned in a panel, looks tepid in light of the job. A set of reports from the International Energy Agency zooms in...
Solar panels being installed

This professional had to climb to get to this spot: community solar investors and innovators have to climb over hurdles, too. 

Community Solar's Bend Toward Energy Justice: Challenge Accepted

For those coming with fresh eyes to this series, please read the previous two articles about community solar. In the first article of the series, I explored the economic and energy equity opportunity of the community solar sector. The subsequent article investigated challenges within the market from a policy and...
Climate attitudes in Colorado, courtesy the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

With the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications showing this range of climate concern, should Colorado operate under one electricity provider? 

Decarbonizing the Rockies: A Policy Memo on Colorado's Electricity Market

Participants in CBEY's Financing and Deploying Clean Energy certificate program learn technology, finance, policy and climate science. Policy savvy locks in when they write real memos to real players. In this example, a professional in Colorado's community-solar industry encourages a state Senator to work on fostering competition in the state's...
An electron electoral map

This map, courtesy of marketer Solstice and adapted by Kevin Cellucci, shows how far community solar can grow.

Community Solar's Bend Toward Energy Justice, Episode Two: Utilities Push Back

Community solar developers have a compelling idea for how to extend renewable energy to people who can't install panels on their rooftops. They also face a series of questions. These include: how to coexist with utilities, and how to tie in to utilities' grids, and how to buy land, and...
A view from above, courtesy CIFOR, of a promised capital city for Indonesia. Do you see a place for a solar grid?

A view from above, courtesy CIFOR, of a promised capital city for Indonesia. Do you see a place for a solar grid? 

Can Indonesia's New Capital Attract Capital for Renewable Energy?

Indonesia's president promised to stoke economic development by relocating the capital city. Can this project spark a pattern of investment in utility-scale solar? It can, but activists and investors need to see through a tangle of loyalties among the government, the state-owned utility and the coal business. This chronicle explains...
Financing and Deploying Clean Energy: Program Insights
Techniques for turbines

(Photo from Energy News.) Wanja Wallemyr contributes millions of kilowatt-hours to a grid that doesn't properly value it. 

Qvinnovindar: Feeding Three Million Kilowatt Hours Into the Grid Each Year

What would a prosumer-friendly policy achieve? The Financing and Deploying Clean Energy participant who proposed that direction talked to an entrepreneur whose co-op feeds wind energy into Sweden's electricity system. Wanja Wallemyr's experience outlines what a grid full of prosumers can mean for power and empowerment.
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Clean Across the Continent: Promoting High Wind Goals in the Heartland

The Center has worked virtually this fall with dozens of professionals earning certificates in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy. Learners in the program study the history, physics, innovation pathways and technological possibility sparking the carbon-free economy. One learning strategy involves crafting policy memos and op/ed pieces on issues where public...
Let's get this turning

The EU needs to open financing channels to more providers to support the intent of the Green Deal.(Photo from Qvinnovindar.)

Walking the Walk: A Memo Outlining Incentives for Women-Powered Energy Storage in the European Union

Why should "prosumers" - individuals who make electricity for others to purchase- encounter brakes on their output in European Union policy? In this memo, which the author wrote first in the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy program, the case emerges for releasing female prosumers' entrepreneurial energy. A linked interview with...